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End of mandate for Olivier de Schutter as the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food

last modified Jun 03, 2014 12:20 PM

Ms Hilal Elver takes over from Olivier de Schutter as the 

Special Rapporteur on the right to food 

"These have been an extraordinary six years", O. De Schutter said as he finalized his mandate. "Very significant changes have taken place in our understanding of hunger and malnutrition, and of what to do about them. We now recognize that poor, food-deficit countries should be supported not by trade and aid alone, but first and foremost by supporting them in their ability to feed themselves. We also have gained a much better understanding of the links between agricultural policies, food, and health, and the question of nutrition or adequacy of diets is now at the top of the international agenda. There is broad acknowledgment too of the need to shift to more sustainable modes of production and consumption: topics such as agroecology and how to reduce waste have, finally, entered mainstream discussions. I am proud to have been part of these fundamental shifts, which represent a roadmap for our joint efforts in the years to come." Read more.. 


Further information: 

Toolkit on the Right to Food